Commemorating the 20th convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) along with the rest of the nation, IGNOU Kohima Regional Centre conducted its convocation at Nagaland College of Teacher Education Kohima, Saturday. 45 successful candidates of the IGNOU, out of the 114 eligible candidates accepted their certificates/degrees from the guest of honour of the programme, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu, minister for Higher Education and Urban Development.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Shürhozelie called on for concerted and coordinated effort of the government, teachers, parents and students to achieve quality and quantity education in the state. “Unless we provide quality education, our students will not be able to stand on their own feet even after acquiring degrees of higher education”, he stated. To improve the status, the minister said that the government was doing its best to provide necessary infrastructure, recruit best talents for teaching profession and provide appropriate policy framework.
Dr. Shürhozelie further urged the educated youth to look for opportunities beyond government service and do away with the wrong notion of seeking for government job within the state. “The State Government can absorb only a fraction of thousands of students who pass out every year” he said and added that there were immense opportunities for self employment and entrepreneurship in the state. He also said that the education system should produce youths who are more employable, enterprising, imaginative and productive Lauding the IGNOU for its contribution to development of higher education in India, Dr. Shürhozelie said the university had provided education to over 15% of total number of students in higher education in the country, catering to 1.85 million students spread over 32 countries through a network of 62 Regional Centres and over 200 Study Centers.
While stating that the enrollment would contribute to the improvement of Gross Enrolment Ratio in the state, he expressed hope that the drop-out rate would decrease. Regional director, IGNOU Regional Centre Kohima, Dr. T. Iralu, while giving a report of the centre, stated that the centre had 17 Study Centres in Kohima, Mokokchung, Wokha, Dimapur and Mon with a cumulative enrolment of more than 7,500 students.
Out of the 45 candidates who were awarded with degrees/certificates, seven passed out in B.A, 20 in B.Ed, 2 in MBA, 10 in MA and 6 in various diplomas.
The programme was held simultaneously through tele-conferencing of the convocation programme which was held at the IGNOU headquarters at New Delhi. The programme at Kohima regional Centre also coincided with an Education Fair -cum -exhibition and career counseling of IGNOU students at the college premises.